Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Bringing Napa Valley to life and changing the wine industry since her start in 1967, Margrit Mondavi is being honored as Citizen of the Year by the Napa Chamber of Commerce.
Name: Margrit Mondavi
Company: Robert Mondavi Winery
What Made Her Haute: Mondavi, born in Switzerland, rejuvenated Napa Valley and brought fine wine back into the mainstream. She joined the winery industry back in 1967 and since then has set numerous milestones in her field. In 1969 she founded the Summer Music Festival as a benefit for The Napa Valley Symphony, and continuing in her philanthropy, in 1984 she founded the Festival of Winter Classical Concert Series, benefiting the Napa Valley Opera. As founder of the successful company, Robert Mondavi Winery, she has made her way to the top of the vine, even making her name as an award-winning author. Her cookbook with daughter Anne, “Annie and Margrit: Recipes and Stories from the Robert Mondavi Kitchen,” won the 2003 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for “Best in the World” distinction in the “Best Easy Recipes Book.”
What Makes Her Haute Now: Mondavi is now vice president of cultural affairs at her company Robert Mondavi Winery and is still making an impact in the world of wine and philanthropy. This year the Napa Chamber of Commerce is awarding Mondavi for her efforts, an award long overdue, at the annual dinner and awards on Jan. 21 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa where she will be named Citizen of the Year. She is being honored for her work in the wine industry, her promotion and support of the arts, and her dedication to Napa and goals of broadening the community. The commerce described her as a beacon of inspiration and philanthropy, and we couldn’t agree more.